Today’s card is II of Pentacles. He is something of a hustler, something of a trickster, balancing opposite claims and keeping the balls in the air.
I choose him for the day the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision on whether a corporation like Hobby Lobby can claim that it is not only a person, but a person with deep religious convictions that outweigh the rights of its employees. No one is forcing Hobby Lobby to stop reproducing its stores nationwide, but Hobby Lobby wants to pick and choose specific benefits its health insurance plan will cover so that its employees will face extra hurdles if they want contraception.
In a previous post, That Slutty Woman Taking Care of Grandma, I have the numbers on why removing contraception from insurance coverage can put effective family planning out of reach for the low-wage workers who need it the most.
Not all Christians are opposed to contraception. There are some who find common ground with reproductive rights advocates in helping women and men avoid unwanted pregnancy. There’s ample room to discuss responsibility and morality here.
At a panel discussion last week on reproductive justice, a clinic worker said that the time they allotted for abortion had declined from 2 days a week to 1/2 day, and she attributed that to access to contraception under the Affordable Care Act. The rate of crisis pregnancy has dropped nationally. Contraception is a benefit to women, men and children no matter how some very loud and well-connected religious groups try to spin it.
How ever the Supremes rule today, spin is the theme of this debate, therefore this card.